Craft beer and tacos. Two of my favorite things. You might imagine my excitement in planning a visit to Vallarta on the weekend of November 16 and 17.
Although we frequent numerous high-quality restaurants right here in Bucerias, it is a foodie occasion that usually draws us to the big city, and we’re not missing this opportunity to make a great day of it.
The Brewmasters Festival de Cerveza Artesanal takes place on Isla Cuale at the Cultural Center. Featuring dozens of varieties of beer presented by craft breweries around the bay, this two-day event will celebrate centuries of thirst-quenching.
Beer predates written language and is the third-most-popular refreshment in the world, after water and tea. Do you remember when Norm from” Cheers” landed a job as a beer-tester? Envious, me.
International Beer Day (IBD), the first Friday in August, is recognized in eighty countries across six continents and touts three purposes:
To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer.
To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer.
To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.
IBD or not, count me in. Never miss out on the other 364 days of the year.
Meanwhile, Festival Del Taco will be held at Blvd. Francisco Medina 1417, across from the Sheraton Buganvilias. So many variations; corn, flour, soft, hard, fried, warmed.
And endless options for fillings; beans, cheese, vegetables, chicken, beef, pork, fish. Not to mention toppings like onion, guacamole, pico de gallo, cilantro, squeeze of lime juice, radish, hot sauce…wow, the list goes on.
Tortillas have been a large part of the Mexican culture for thousands of years, long before Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who invaded and won Mexico as a gift to the Spanish throne, 1519-1521, supposedly served the first tacos for his captains.
What’s the difference between a tortilla and a taco? The tortilla is the “holder” of the filling and toppings you choose. Once your tortilla is full of oozing goodness, wrap it in your hand and, ta-da! you are now holding a taco, poised to enjoy.
Hint: have plenty of napkins at the ready. If you’ve chosen a particularly hot salsa, an icy beverage won’t hurt, either. How about a craft beer?!
Will you have Tacos al Pastor, Asada, Barbacoa, Chorizo, Carnitas, Lengua, Pescadito, Vegetal? Or, my favorite, Birria – more of a breakfast taco; includes goat and beef, marinated overnight.
Here are some interesting facts: dough for flour tortillas forms the base of tamales; women made tacos for their men who worked long hours in the field, something to easily wrap around food and reheat in the sun; NASA astronauts and the International Space Station inhabitants eat tacos, resulting in no errant, non-gravity borne crumbs.
Visit booths at both Vallarta events November 16 and 17 to support local entrepreneurs who have perfected the fine art of beers and tacos. ¡Buen provecho!